John 5 (ASV)
1 After these
things there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 (this verse is not contained in some manuscripts)
5 And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.
6 When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole?
7 The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day.
10 So the Jews said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.
11 But he answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 They asked him, Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 But he that was healed knew not who it was; for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in the place.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee.
15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
At St. Catherine's monastery in the Sinai desert one of the three oldest complete Bibles known was found. This was the Codex Sinaiticus from the early fourth century written in Greek. This manuscript omitted the part about the water being stirred before people entered it to try to get healed. Early explorers in Jerusalem noted that the pool of Siloam was supplied by an intermittent spring and sometimes the water of this pool was troubled by a surge in water flow. Bethesda was filled in with dirt during those days. Originally Bethesda was supplied by rainwater from winter downpours. This was the only time when the water was likely troubled, unless a ripple was raised by the wind.
Some translations indicated the area of the pools was surrounded by five porticoes; i.e. the NAS translation.